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  • Winter Time Techniques and Rods

    February 05, 2020 1 min read 1 Comment

    Winter Time Techniques and Rods
    When the temperature drops, specific techniques can be red hot for bass fishing. We often get calls asking which rods are the best for these techniques. Here's a quick reference guide to two popular techniques and choices:

    Umbrella Rigs (aka A-Rigs)
    For rigs 3 ounces or less, the ZOLO PowerBolt and IKOS Thunder are top choices. They have overall lengths and handles that are perfect for bomb casting. Both of these rod models also excel in keeping fish buttoned up to increase landing percentages. A-Rig hits are usually solid, more violent bites and may result in multiple fish landed. The moderate fast actions of these two rods support increased landing ratios for this technique.

    Big Jigs
    Low water temps see an increase in big bass from deeper water. Mature females are staging for the spawn, and weather fronts have less influence over deep water fish. Big jigs address this bite, and technique-specific rods add to successful fish landing.
    The ENOX Shock, ZOLO Brawler, and the IKOS Hammer 73 are our top picks for wintertime big jigs. All feature fast actions and the added backbone to drive home a heavy wire jig hook. The added lengths of the Shock and the Brawler are an asset because it results in moving more fishing line, translating into more hook setting power. Hookset power is vital at deep depths (15'+).

    We're always here to help you select the right rods. Give us a call and let's make sure you have the right tools on the water!

    1 Response

    Josh Finnerty
    Josh Finnerty

    February 12, 2020

    My names Josh Finnerty and ALX sponsors my high school team and I love the rods. I fish on Lake Lanier a lot and so I am fishing deep water a ton. I think a good topic to write about would be how the ZOLO Mcsmalls spinning rod and also the IKOS shake are really good for those deep, wintertime finesse tactics. I personally use them a lot and understand the importance of a sensitive rod for when the bites come from depths of 30 feet or more on dropshots and small swimbaits.

    - Josh Finnerty

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